Birthday

I suppose I’d better wish myself a Happy Birthday. Each passing year seems to speed by more quickly than the previous one. Days, weeks and months become blurred, a mish-mash of memories and events, not all together forgotten, but somehow diminished with the passing of time.

Oddly I can clearly remember those birthday’s I had when I was a kid. The excitement, the cards, the occasional present and the special tea mum would make me. Badges (pins) declaring how old I was, 7 then 8 then 9 and so on. How did those days slip away so quickly? That excitable little boy gone forever.

We didn’t have a camera back then, so there is no record of those happy days, no reminder of a moment frozen in time for me to share with the world. So the pictures I recall in my mind. Those people who are no longer around to wish me a Happy Birthday are sadly missed, yet forever smiling in those memories of yesteryear.

Still, time will march on relentless. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Mark.

The Meadow

The meadow resplendent in summertime,

flowers blossom colours of the rainbow.

The busy bee humming a merry song,

gathering his harvest fit for a queen.

Butterflies float like kites on the breeze,

invisible string guiding them from flower to flower.

Birdsong fills the air,

long-grass sways as if dancing in delight.

A ladybird in a red dress with black buttons,

walks along the stem of a honeysuckle,

looking innocent but searching for her prey.

A sudden gust of wind,

and dandelion seeds fill the air

as if snow is falling in our summer meadow.

A frogs rich tenor voice croaks rhythmically,

conspicuous in the undergrowth.

Two lovers stroll hand in hand,

her cheeks flushed, his eyes transfixed.

He picks her up and spins her around,

life is bliss in natures garden.

(c) Mark Casey

Villanelle Poem

Today I am posting a Villanell Poem. Hope you like it. 
 
Born free?

Can this kangaroo court judge me?
With their smirking, snarling, sneering
Is not a man born free?

No crime committed, can’t they see?
Will a witness be appearing?
Can this kangaroo court judge me?
No jury here to hear my plea

They’re the judge and jury I am fearing
Is not a man born free?
What law was broken, by what decree,
Is this hostile crowd jeering?

Can this kangaroo court judge me?
No mercy shown, so let it be
Hang him! They are cheering
Is not a man born free?

Led to the gallows, the hanging tree
My fate with God is nearing
Can this kangaroo court judge me?
Is not a man born free?

(c) Mark Casey

Sensational Sitou

Continuing my theme of sites in Taiwan, I am going to let you into a well-kept secret. Sitou! I kid you not, Sitou is one of the finest National Parks I have ever had the pleasure to visit. Situated in Nantou county, away from the hum drum of everyday life, Sitou is a sanctuary, a place of peace and being one with nature.

There are many species of trees to marvel at. With hiking paths winding through the park allowing you to stroll at your own pace, taking in the wonderful scenery, breathing the clean fresh air, and allowing you body to recharge its batteries.

The area is situated at an altitude of 1,150 metres. There are some lovely scenic views of Taiwan’s mountains. Popular with Taiwanese tourists, it’s not so often foreign travellers visit this area. So please, if you visit Taiwan, please, please, make a date with Sitou. You will thank me for letting you know about this hidden gem.

Mark.

Shilin Night Market

Hello again. I thought I would write a little about my experiences in Taiwan. Today I will concentrate on one of my favourite place in Taipei..Shilin Night Market. It’s just an amazing place to visit. The hustle and bustle of the people milling around the area, the vast variety of market stalls and the smell of the food make it a must place to go.

Here is a video from YouTube. I didn’t film this. I linked it because it gives you a good idea and feel for Shilin Night Market.

 

It is easily accessible by public transport. Just hop aboard the MRT and head to Jiantan Station. Once there take in the sights and sounds, sample and enjoy food sold by the many vendors. It’s a great way to spend and evening, or just to visit after you have been to the cinema or theatres near by.

So, if you find yourself in Taipei, and feel like you want to be entertained, head out to Shilin, you won’t regret it.

Mark.